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Terma Revelation Scenes

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1 March 2023

Exquisite Melody of the Auspicious Tamboura: A Depiction of the Profound Treasure Revelations at Chimé Karmo Taktsang Rockface and Yumtso Lake with Brief Captions

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by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa

Chokgyur Lingpa's first-hand account of the treasure revelations of The Essential Sacred Dharma in Five Cycles (dam chos snying po skor lnga), The Gradual Path of Wisdom Essence (lam rim ye shes snying po), and The Magical Net of the Three Roots (rtsa gsum sgyu ’phrul drva ba) at Chimé Karmo Taktsang and Sengé Yumtsho in Kham in 1866. The account was inscribed on the back of a thangka depicting the revelation scene.

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Latest from the Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Sungbum Project

March 2023


Praise of Uṣṇīṣavijayā | Praise

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

One of three praises—one to each of the Three Deities of Long Life (White Tāra, Amitāyus and Uṣṇīṣavijayā)—composed while travelling in a boat along the River Ganges. Read text >

Latest from Samye Translations

March 2023

Chokgyur Lingpa

The Secret Practice of Dorjé Draktsal According to the Trio of the Guru’s Heart Practices | Chokling Tersar

revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa

Chokgyur Lingpa revealed the secret cycle of The Heart Practice of Mighty Vajra Wrath (Tukdrup Dorjé Draktsal) from Yegyal Namkha Dzö. This particular Guru Draktsal sādhana is regarded as the auxiliary practice to Chokgyur Lingpa’s The Gradual Path of Wisdom Essence (lam rim ye shes snying po). Read text >

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March 2023


Guru Yoga That Liberates the Illusory Body as a Kāya of Light | Guru Yoga

by Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol

In this guru yoga for transforming the body into a kāya of rainbow light one visualizes oneself as Avalokiteśvara and the guru as Amitābha within one's heart. Read text >

Latest from the Longchen Nyingtik Project

March 2023

Takhyung Barwa

Key Points for the Approach Practice of Takhyung Barwa, The Blazing Wrathful Guru, Hayagrīva and Garuḍa | Takhyung Barwa

by Jigme Lingpa

Interlinear notes to clarify the approach (bsnyen pa) practice, or recitation, of The Blazing Wrathful Guru, Hayagrīva and Garuḍa (Lama Drakpo Takhyung Barwa). Read text >


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The Ganges Mahāmudrā Instructions | Mahāmudrā

by Tilopa

This well-known and important source for the Mahāmudrā tradition, which is included within the Tengyur (Toh 2303), contains instructions that Tilopa imparted to Nāropa on the banks of the River Ganges. Read text >

Khandro Tsering Chodron

Beautiful String of Jewels: A Heart Advice | Advice

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Jamyang Khyentse offered these words of heart-advice, encapsulating the entire Buddhist path, to Khandro Tsering Chödrön (1929–2011), his spiritual consort. Read text >

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Ḍākinī Treasury

Texts from the Ḍākinīs' Great Dharma Treasury (mkha' 'gro'i chos mdzod chen mo), a 53-volume collection published in 2017 to showcase writing by and about female Buddhist masters. View topic >

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